Using the Cabinet papers from the National Archives, former Foreign Secretary David Owen has written a new history of the pivotal British War Cabinet meetings of May 1940. Eight months into the war defeat seemed to many a certainty. With the United States and Russia over a year away from entering the conflict, Britain found herself in a perilous and lonely position. The Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax was pushing Churchill, his Prime Minister, to explore the possibility of a negotiated peace with Hitler, using Mussolini as a conduit. Ignored in Churchill's later account of the con--flict, the question before the War Cabinet was straightforward: should Britain fight on in the face of overwhelming odds, sacrificing hundreds of thousands of lives, or seek a negotiated peace? The minutes of these meetings reveal just how close Halifax came to convincing the Cabinet that negotiations should be sought.
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 250 x 150 x 15 mm
An exciting, though-provoking read, with profound contemporary as well as historical relevance Andrew Roberts; David Owen has thought deeply about these issues - and is always worth reading Dominic Lawson; Cabinet's Finest Hour is a fascinating read Bernard Donoughue